Kaia Parnaby pitched a four-hitter and the University of Hawaii softball team scored all its runs in the fifth inning on the way to beating Minnesota 3-0 on Friday in the first game of the NCAA tournament's Seattle regional.
Hawaii (44-11), ranked 20th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, will play today against Washington, ranked and seeded 11th - the host team defeated Portland State 2-1 in Friday's second game.
The winner of the game between the Huskies and Rainbow Wahine will advance to Sunday's regional final round, while the loser will play an elimination game later today.
Jessica Iwata had a two-run double and finished 3-for-3 for UH. Keiki Carlos drove in the first run on an infield hit with the bases loaded.
Parnaby (38-5) struck out eight batters and recorded her 12th shut-out of the season.
Erica Meyer had three hits for the Gophers (35-18), and Sara Moulton (31-11) struck out six in a six-
NCAA SEATTLE REGIONAL
All times HST
Hawaii 3, Minnesota 0
Washington 2, Portland St. 1
Hawaii (44-11) vs. Washington (39-15), 10 a.m. (OCSP)
Minnesota (35-18) vs. Portland St. (25-30), 12:30 p.m.
Hawaii-Washington loser vs. Minnesota-Portland St. winner, 3 p.m. (OCSP if Hawaii playing)
Hawaii-Washington winner vs. Game 5 winner, 10 a.m. (OCSP if Hawaii playing)
Hawaii-Washington winner vs. Game 5 winner, 12:30 p.m., if necessary (4 p.m., OCSP, if Hawaii playing)
inning complete game.